I was networking for my recommendations and had a few questions.
1) I was working under a certain manager Mr. X in my last job and we shared a good rapport. He had showed an inclination to write a recommendation for me, whenever I applied for B-School. I recently contacted him about the recommendation and he agreed to write one for me. However, he changed jobs since then and is working in a different company now. Is his recommendation still as valuable?
2) I find it rather difficult to ask for a recommendation from my present employer. My manager wouldn't be too happy to know that I might leave the company by next year to start with a MBA. Is it alright if I don't have a recommedation from my present employer while applying? It's like I rather be secretive about the whole MBA thing in front of my employer.
To answer your questions:
1) Yes. His is still a valuable recommendation. He still supervised you recently and can write his recommendation based on personal experience as your boss. His changing jobs doesn't negate the fact that he has the necessary experience.
2) THis is a common problem. If you feel that informing your current boss of your MBA plans may mean you get lousy assignments or don't receive promotions, then you are wise not to tell him or her. Obvioulsy, you need ( and in your case have) someone else who can write the recommendation. When possible, provide an explanation of your choice of recommenders, explaining why you didn't ask your current supervisor.
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